Improving the brand and the business through better content distribution

The Problem with content:

Let’s face it: there are two kinds of content: the kind people want-to-read and the kind that gets ignored or deleted because it’s boring or irrelevant. In today’s fast paced news cycle, most content falls solidly into the “delete” category. As a Marketer you need to start thinking about your content in the context of what the customers want to “hear” and being relevant to their situation, environment, interests and needs.

The key to understanding what your customers want to read is to understand your customers in greater detail. Segment them, create personas, append additional data to them to get a better picture of what’s important to them and then (and only then) communicate to them with want to read content.

The next issue is where to get this magical content – if you are like many people, you are already doing the jobs of two people and don;’t have time to throughtfully write content. Here are a few places you can start looking:

Find it at your company        research thought leaders

Hire staff to write                   hire a copywriter

Hire a specialist to write       leffcommunications.com

Outsource writing                  textbroker.com

Buy syndicated content        aberdeen.com

Work with a big company    brafton.com

OK, now you have segmented your customers and prospects and you have great want to read content – NOW you need to activate it. Here are a few ideas on how to do that:

Blog

Enewsletter

White Paper

Article

eBook

Case Study

Testimonials

Microblogging

Webinar/Webcast

Video

Facebook Stories page

Customer-Focused Community Site

Online news Release

Custom Social Network

Custom Print Magazine

Digital Magazine

Video Blog

E-Learning Series

Mobile Application

Online Media Site

Conte

Teleseminar

Podcast

Executive Roundtable

Industry Ranking System

Book

Print Newsletter

Virtual Tradeshow

Company-Focused Community Site

Comic Book

Facebook Application

Road Show

Audio Book

Screencast

Widget

Branded Content Tool/Application

Online Game

Infographic

Online Survey Research Project

Discussion Forum

iPad Application

Multimedia Content Platform

Just remember three things when talking to your customers:

■ Take your existing plan and ask “what’s in it for the buyer to give me their media-time?”
■ Align your communications to the buyer’s journey
■ How can I make it more relevant and interesting?

 

 

 

25. April 2012 by John McGee
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